A friend recently told me that he was on the beach a few months ago, on an airy day. He accidentally rested near a little boy wearing a mask. The boy shouted “People !!” and ran terrified to his mother’s and father’s blanket. The parents gave my friend a small, sad smile of apology.
The real estate market is in turmoil as more people work from home (who needs to spend money on an office?), And telemedicine is becoming more popular. Family ties are under pressure because it is not allowed or considered safe to gather for a meal or a visit, so social isolation increases. In some municipalities, religious practices are restricted, which creates its own pressure.
Right now, everyone who looks at old photos is saying “Wow, everyone has a hat.”; Will everyone look at today’s photos and say “Wow, everyone’s in a mask?”
What are your predictions about how the pandemic will change our world, our way of life, our assumptions and behaviors? Will we become a world of poorly socialized introverts? A world of digital savants? Will everyone work from home? Will cities prosper or disappear?
We are not looking for “children these days” complaints (which will always be with us, according to this article), but your guesses and predictions about how pandemic habits and demands will shape the future. Let us know in the comments!
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Virge Randall is Senior Planet editor-in-chief. She is also a freelance cultural reporter searching for hidden gems and careless (or undersung) treasures for Straus Newspapers; her blog “Don’t Get Me Started” puts a quirky new spin on Old School New York City. Send your suggestions for open threads to her at [email protected]